And now for something completely different. Thanks to Coulove.
Well, that was completely different, right?
Video on the spread of the Occupy Together movement around the world, from after Oct. 15. Thanks to Jared.
Washington D.C. protester gives good overview. Thanks to Shaunie and Roth.
Now some videos from before Oct. 15 promoting the upcoming protest.
From July 2011.
From Aug. 2011.
From Sept. 2011.
Lots more videos of Oct. 15 Occupy protests around the world can be found here:
And “Citizen Judy’s” account of her day at an Occupy Together protest in Olympia, WA, on Oct. 15.
“My friend Karen and I joined about 800 people who gathered this afternoon at our downtown park in support of Occupy Wallstreet. There were folks of many different backgrounds and ages and occupations—-nurses, teachers, unemployed, college kids and grads, veterans, those who’d lost their homes. Somebody gave a welcome talk, then there was some music (sigh—-I still think “This Land is Your Land” is one of the greatest in the American Songbook) but it was mostly milling around with people, talking and sharing.
“I was impressed with the level of knowledge that people showed about this financial system that is backed by nothing but
debt and figures on a computer screen. I guess, as in the case of one young couple with 2 kids I talked to, when Bank of America forecloses on your home after months of struggle and the bank does not reveal the holder of the mortgage because they don’t know who it is, a person learns a lot.
“Many people relished knowing they were part of something that was taking place with others around the world.
“I got a kick out of reading the signs people had made: a couple of college boys held one that read YOU ARE VALUABLE with a big heart, another “Protest won’t change THEM but it sure changes US!”, another “Dear 1%, We fell asleep for awhile. Just woke up. The 99%”.
“Karen’s said “Empower Peace. Sovereignty for all.” Mine was a couple of T Jefferson quotes: “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies………” and, on the other side “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”(it was a sign many responded to—a couple of scruffy, lovely kids came up to me and said, “I like your sign—thanks for bringing it”). Many of us stood with our signs on the sidewalk along Capitol Way(the main thoroughfare thru Oly) and lots of passing cars honked with passengers flashing smiles and thumbs up.
“Everybody’s mood was high and hopeful and there was definitely a palpable energy of “We’re seeing what we didn’t see before. We’ve had enough. We want a world that works for everybody”. It was easy and uplifting to have conversations and make connections, even for a few minutes. Lots of smiles and goodwill from everyone. If you have an opportunity to participate in one of these gatherings, I would encourage you to go……(Jenna, lots of dogs who long for a better world were there also…).
“Much love from Citizen Judy……..wishing you all things beautiful……..”